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Describe your position:
I am a Recruitment Consultant, responsible for recruitment across Australia and New Zealand, including graduate positions.
How did you get into the industry?
I completed a Bachelor of Arts (psychology) then completed a Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management. I had an interest in people, psychology and performance and in getting the best out of people. I knew that I wanted to work in the business world, so HR built on some of the things I learnt in psychology. I then got into HR through an administrative path. I’ve been working in HR for 8 - 9 years.
What is a typical day at the office?
A typical day consists of me advertising vacancies, screening resumes, phone interviews, booking face to face interviews, catching up with management to discuss their upcoming recruitment needs, dealing with all parts of the recruitment cycle. I also run a monthly staff induction, facilitating induction for new starters, and also conduct exit surveys for those who leave. Predominantly, my role is people focused.
Do you use Facebook and twitter for recruitment?
Facebook is not currently utilised at Dun & Bradstreet within Australia. I am aware of a number of organisations who use Facebook very successfully within the graduate recruitment space. Lots of University student societies have their own Facebook profiles and I think employers are happy to be featured to promote themselves and their brand. Their events, job offers etc are then tailored toward that specific market.
We have also found that with LinkedIn, not many of our graduates actually have a profile. Perhaps most people create one once they are in the workforce, rather than as a student. Maybe University student societies could use it more to connect with employers and then broadcast that to their followers. It will be interesting to see how it goes.
I think Facebook is very personal. l like a clear line between ‘the professional’ (LinkedIn) and ‘the personal’ (Facebook).
So, is the resume dead?
I think it’s too early to say that LinkedIn will completely replace the resume. I have colleagues who use LinkedIn very successfully. It appears to work better for some roles than others, such as IT. I believe it is still important to have a resume. I think social media is just another channel at this stage. Only time will tell, but I don’t think it’s going to replace the resume.
Any advice for students creating their LinkedIn profile:
Any final interview tips to students looking for work?
Research and preparation - you are selling yourself. Put yourself in your interviewer’s shoes, why should they employ you over other people? Research the company and have good understanding of what and who they are. Have some thoughtful questions to ask at end of the interview. Perhaps practise with someone to be more confident and present better.